June 1, 2015

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On May 25 and May 26, 2015 the National Security Authority (NSA) in collaboration with the Global Politics magazine organized the second annual conference about cyber security called CyberCon Brno 2015.

The two-day conference took place at the university cinema Scala in Brno. Its aim was to introduce the actual topics from the field of cyber security to both professional and general public. The first day was focused on the experts who presented their knowledge and experiences. The second day was dedicated to the talented students who specialize on the cyber-security topics and at the conference they had chance to present the results of their research to the professional public.

The first day

The first day was divided into three panels and introduced by the director of the NSA Ing. Dusan Navratil. Even though he was not present in person, the participants had a possibility to hear his welcoming speech through the pre-prepared video.

The main organizer of the conference Mr Roman Packa from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) appeared in the opening panel with the contribution on the subject Strategic overview: Change in the approach to ensuring the cyber security. Mr Packa was followed by Mr Daniel P. Bagge (NCSC), who spoke about so-called cyber triad (safety, protection and intelligence services). The third contribution was held by Mr Ondrej Mokos (NCSC), who introduced the GovCERT.cz focusing on the solutions of cyber security incidents. The first panel closed Ms Zuzana Duracinska (CSIRT.cz) with the presentation about a development of the national security team CSIRT.cz.

The second panel was opened by JUDr. Radim Polcak, Ph.D. (PrF MU) with the contribution called Cyber security for hedgehogs. This contribution dealt with the philosophical background and the problematic defining of the basic concepts of the law about cyber security and the legal responsibility of the individual. Mr Vaclav Stupka (C4E) introduced the criminal law responsibility during the active defence against the cyber security incidents. The second panel which was also law-oriented was held by Mr Vaclav Borovicka (NCSC) who presented the issue of the offensive cyber operations from the international law point of view.

Ms Andrea Kropacova opened the third panel with the presentation of the CESNET association and its activities on the field of cyber security. Cpt. Ing. Petr Hellar (CIRC MoD Centre) introduced the presentation on the subject of the monitoring the data network in 24-7 mode. Ms Martina Ulmanova, another of the organizers, focused on the importance of the cyber security exercises. The third panel as well as the first day was closed by Mr Jakub Cegan (CSIRT-MU), who spoke about the practical use of the Cyber polygon (CYPO) and the CYPO lab.

The second day

The second day was opened by Prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mares Ph.D. (FSS MU) who uttered the introductory speech. Then the three panels with student presentations followed.

Mr Juraj Hresko initialised the first panel with his presentation about black market trends in the cyber-crime. Mr Dominik Stroukal dealt with the Bitcoins and the cryptocurrencies as tools of the organized crime in a cyberspace. The panel was closed by Ms Zuzana Vaclavikova and her presentation on the subject of sexting, which is the current risk not only for the youths.

The first presentation in the second panel belonged to Ms Sara Vaclavikova, who dealt with the encryption tools of the terrorist groups. Mr Jakub Knapek analysed the tools and methods of current hacktivism and Ms Miroslava Pavlikova closed the second panel with her presentation about new trends in the internet regulation focusing on the case study “Kreml trolling”.

The third and final panel opened Mr Jakub Drmola dealing with the tensions between state and private cyber security. Ms Alena Lecianova came up with the contribution called “Gemalto Case: The theft of the century?”. Mr Tomas Madar introduced the concept of the “false –flag operation” in the context of privatization of the cyber-attacks investigation. Mr Madar was followed by Mr Adam Vesely who focused on the relationship between state and cyber espionage. The third panel was completed by Mr Dusan Madaj and his presentation called Cyber Security Policy in the USA and Great Britain with links to an analysis of government budgets and contracts.

The conference was attended not only by students, but also by representatives of the professional community, among whom the discussion on presented topics developed during the conference. Thanks to that and to the presented topics this year can be considered successful. The objectives were achieved. The experiences will help the organizers to plan not only the next (the third in a row) year of this conference called CyberCon Brno 2016 but also other similar cultural and educational events.